The First to Follow

The Apostles of Jesus

John R. Claypool, edited by Ann Wilkinson Claypool

Apr/2008, 160 Pages, HARDCOVER, 5 x 7

ISBN-13: 9780819222961

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Edited by Ann Wilkinson Claypool

By studying those whom Jesus selected as apostles and what he did for them, to them, with them, and through them, we can learn much about how we experience the holy in our own day. This book is about those apostles, their relationships with Jesus, and with each other, and what the dynamics of that community can teach us.

John R. Claypool was a pastor, preacher, author, and theologian. He was initially ordained as a Southern Baptist and pastored for thirty yers in that denomination. He became an Episcopal priest in 1986 and served as rector of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Birmingham, Alabama, until he retired from full-time parish ministry in 2000. He then taught preaching at the McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta.

Known for his catchphrases—"Life is a gift"; "Despair is presumptuous"—Claypool was even more regarded for his ability to live with others in their shared sorrow and pain. "If we are willing," he wrote, "the experience of grief can deepen and widen our ability to participate in life." Though he died in 2005, his words continue to provide hope and comfort.

"This book consists of a series of sermons about the apostles of Jesus. They were delivered at St. Luke's Church, Birmingham, Alabama, where John Claypool was rector, and elsewhere, and collected and edited by Ann W. Claypool, the author's widow. His chapter on Thaddeus, "the forgotten saint," is intriguing. This little book is a gem.—The Living Church, June 22, 2008

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